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The Natural Gas Vehicle Market Closed 2019 with a Growth of 60%

The natural gas vehicle market continues to grow and closed the year 2019 with 22,814 units, 60% more than in 2018.

The continued growth of the fleet of light and heavy commercial vehicles 91% and 59% respectively is a sign that this fuel is consolidated as the economic and ecological option for the professional transport of goods and passengers. The wide range of models available, the price of fuel, the autonomies of vehicles and refuelling times similar to those of conventional fuels, are factors that have driven the growth of registrations in 2019.

Similarly, this option gains weight in tourism, reaching a figure close to 12,000 vehicles (88% higher than in 2018) of which 5,574 have registered in 2019.

The Autonomous Communities in which more registrations have been registered have been the Community of Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community and Andalusia.

The natural gas refuelling network has continued to grow in 2019, increasing capillarity throughout the territory. 19 new natural gas service stations have been opened, adding up to a total of 79 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and 49 liquefied natural gas (LNG) stations currently in operation. The forecast for 2020 is that the number of CNG gas stations is greater than 130 and that of LNG more than 75.

Source: Gasnam

CNG Wheel Loader Developed by Case Wins Design Award

Case received the Good Design Award for its Project Tetra wheel loader concept. The Good Design program recognizes “the best designed products across the globe for sustainability, superior design, and unparalleled function,” the company said in making the announcement.

The award program is organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. A jury of international specialists with broad design experience selected this year’s winners following the original program’s criteria, which include the innovation, functional, and ecological impact of each winning product, according to Case.

The methane-powered wheel loader was introduced at Bauma 2019. It runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) and delivers up to 230 horsepower. It has since been tested in real-world construction environments to demonstrate its feasibility and prove its business case in terms of sustainability, reduced overall total cost of ownership, and operational viability.

Source: Case Construction Equipment

Discover the Compressed Natural Gas Arona TGI

SEAT have sent their Arona TGI across several countries in order to show the benefits of compressed natural gas. The Arona TGI went on a 1,622-mile road trip through four European countries in a cost-saving, compressed natural gas Arona TGI, with just £102 spent on gas for the entire trip- or 50% less than on petrol in a similar car.

Barcelona (Spain) – Colmar (France): 649 miles

The journey began in Barcelona. The first stop was to fill up the Arona TGI with compressed natural gas (CNG). A full tank for less than an equivalent of £14, allowing a range with gas of 211 miles. In the navigator, a 649-mile route that will be covered by refuelling three times. The first destination, Colmar, the French city in the Alsace region with the most famous Christmas tradition. From the last week of November until the end of the year, its typical, quaint half-timbered houses are transformed with lights and impressive Christmas decorations. Besides its five small markets, another jewel is its skating rink. It is one of the most popular activities enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

Cost of gas: £41

Savings: £42

Treats: £12 (£6 ice skating, £6 hot chocolate)

Colmar (France) – Zurich (Switzerland): 97 miles

The Christmas route aboard a car fuelled with CNG continues to Zurich, 97 miles away, which requires just over a third of the gas in the tank. The Swiss city has several fairs, among which is Europe’s largest covered Christmas market, located inside the central train station. It is impossible not to stop at many of the 160 booths surrounding a 15-metre tree decorated with 5,000 glass ornaments.

Cost of gas: £6

Savings: £6

Treats: £26 (£18 reindeer ornaments, £8 glass ball)

Zurich (Switzerland) – La Morra (Italy): 272 miles

The next destination of the Arona TGI is 272 miles away. Crossing the Alps on snowy roads to get to La Morra, a small Italian village of 2,700 inhabitants surrounded by vineyards, which is reached with just over a full tank of gas. The shops feature typical Christmas products such as hazelnut nougat, hazelnut cream cake and its famous candied chestnuts.

Cost of gas: £17

Savings: £18

Treats: £55 (£21 hazelnut nougat, hazelnut cream cake and candied chestnuts, £34 lunch with white truffle).

La Morra (Italy) – Les Bains de Saint Thomas (French Pyrenees): 485 miles

On the way back the Arona TGI makes one last stop to the heart of the Eastern Pyrenees, at an altitude of 1,150 metres and at the end of a small mountain road are the Saint Thomas hot springs. The outdoor temperature is 5 °C at this time of the year, but its sulphur rich waters are at 37 °C and have a healing, soothing effect. The ideal way to end an exciting TGI trip.

Cost of gas: £30

Savings: £32

Treats: £12 (dip in the hot springs)

Les Bains de Saint Thomas (French Pyrenees) – Barcelona (Spain): 118 miles

1,622 miles with CNG: Including the return trip to Barcelona, the Arona TGI travelled more than 1,600 miles on European roads and motorways, refuelling at 8 gas filling stations of the close to 3,700 that can be found in Europe. Only £102 was spent on gas, which is half the amount with a similar petrol car.

Cost of gas: £7

Savings: £8

Total cost of gas: £102

Total savings vs petrol: £106

Total spent on treats: £106

Emission reduction: 52.22 kg of CO2

The Arona 1.0 TGI 90 CV FR facts and figures:

  • Four fuel tanks: three primary for CNG / secondary for petrol
  • ECO label
  • 25% fewer emissions compared to a petrol powered car
  • 340 kilometre range with gas + 140 with petrol
  • 13.8 kg gas tank
  • Consumption of 4.0 kilos/100 kilometres.

Source: SEAT

Clean Energy Applauds Passage of Alternative Fuel Tax Credit by Congress

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) applauded the passage by the U.S. Congress of an alternative fuel tax credit which will continue to support the use of natural gas, a clean and affordable domestic transportation fuel option. Signed by President Trump, the credit is retroactive beginning January 2018 and extends through 2020 and applies to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“This tax credit will support the continued expansion of natural gas fuelling in the U.S., which will help to clean our air, address long-term climate issues and keep dollars here,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “We applaud Congress and the President for taking this action and encourage the implementation of permanent measures to encourage further use of this superior and cleaner fuel.”

The legislation includes the Alternative Fuels Tax Credit, which extends the $0.50 per gallon fuel credit/payment for the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refuelling Property Credit, which extends the 30 percent/$30,000 investment tax credit for alternative vehicle refuelling property.

The Alternative Fuels Tax Credit was last extended for the 2017 calendar year and applies to all classes of natural gas vehicles fuelled by geologic and renewable CNG and LNG. More and more of the CNG and LNG vehicle fuel is being derived from renewable sources such a dairies and landfills, making it the cleanest fuel available today. The tax credit’s longer-term extension is important to provide investment certainty for fleets of all shapes and sizes working to reduce their environmental footprint and address clean air and climate change sustainability goals.

Source: Clean Energy Fuels

Panda to Open Two Compressed Natural Gas Stations with Support from Gas Networks Ireland

Gas Networks Ireland today entered into an agreement with Panda (part of the Beauparc group) to develop two publicly accessible, fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Dublin. The two stations will be strategically located with one on the Southside in Ballymount near the N7 and M50, and the other on the Northside in Finglas close to the N2, M50 and M1.

Construction on the project will get underway next summer with both stations expected to be in operation by the end of 2020. The project is co-financed by Gas Networks Ireland and the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility, as part of Gas Network Ireland’s Causeway Project. 

CNG is natural gas which has been compressed to fit into a Natural Gas Vehicle’s (NGV) tank and is particularly suitable for use in commercial vehicles. It is a proven alternative to diesel or petrol and reduces transport costs by up to 25% and carbon emissions by over a fifth.  In the future, these vehicles can achieve zero carbon transport when operating on renewable gas.

While Heavy Good Vehicles (HGV) and buses account for only 4% of vehicles on Ireland’s roads, they account for 30% of all emissions in the road transport sector.  There are an estimated 25 million NGVs in operation worldwide, and almost two million in Europe.

Earlier this year, Gas Networks Ireland launched Ireland’s first publicly accessible, fast-fill CNG station in Dublin Port with the second station due to be commissioned in Cashel early in the New Year.

Ian O’Flynn, Head of Commercial and Corporate Affairs at Gas Networks Ireland said: “Ireland’s transport emissions continue to rise, while this is the by-product of much welcomed economic and employment growth, as a country we face significant challenges to meet our emission reduction targets. Gas Networks Ireland is leading the development of this new, cleaner transport network, to support Ireland in reducing its carbon emissions and to give Ireland’s fleet operators sustainable energy options.”

Panda plans to commission 45 NGVs as part of their new ‘green fleet’ over the next three years. The move is the first of its kind for a municipal waste operator in Dublin and is part of the company’s commitment to reducing its emissions and carbon footprint across its operations.

Brian Bolger, Group Fleet Director at Panda said; “Sustainability is at the heart of our business and this is a significant step for our company that will keep us at the forefront of industrial environmental excellence. The partnership with Gas Networks Ireland is transformative in allowing us to realise our ambitions in delivering this green fleet.”

CNG for transport is one of the key gas technologies set out in Gas Networks Ireland’s Vision 2050 which outlines how it can reduce Ireland’s total carbon emissions by one third and create a net zero carbon gas network.

Source: Gas Networks Ireland

First Public bioCNG Station Opens in Belgium

The first bioCNG station open to the public in Belgium has been inaugurated at the Total fuel pump located at the entrance of the Brussels Morning Market, reports The Brussels Times. This is the fourth compressed natural gas (CNG) station in the Brussels region,

Belgium has about 18,500 CNG-powered vehicles, of which around 1,000 are in Brussels. They cost 70% less per kilometre to operate than those that use diesel, and 80% less than gas-fuelled ones, according to a study by the Commission for the Regulation of Electricity and Gas (CREG), said Didier Hendrickx of the Gas.be Federation.

From an ecological point of view, the savings are also significant: 20% less carbon dioxide and an 80% reduction in particles.

Owners of CNG-fuelled vehicles now have 130 stations to choose from in Belgium, including four in Brussels and about ten in the suburbs. Total, Dats and Q8 have plans to install more in the short term, said Hendrickx. He feels Brussels will need about 20 by 2030.

CNG, which is “almost carbon neutral” offers “all the advantages: less noise, fine particles, pollutants and expense,” stressed Total Belgium General Director Bernadette Spinoy, who aims to add a new station per month next year. For now, the CNG is not produced in Belgium but imported from the Netherlands through the gas-distribution network.

The station chosen to host Belgium’s first bioCNG station, “at a Brussels point of entry and exit”, is next to the headquarters of SIBELGA, whose director, Marie-Pierre Fauconnier, explained that the utility also wished to make its contribution. “The greening of our fleet of 373 vans represents a cost of just 2%,” she disclosed. “The aim is to reach a target of 50% of green vehicles in 2021 and 100% by 2028.”

The 20 charging stations the company has on its site will soon be joined by two slow-fill CNG stations.

Source: The Brussels Times

SEAT and Redexis Partner to Promote Natural Gas Mobility

SEAT and Redexis are going to collaborate to boost sustainable mobility by promoting compressed natural gas (CNG). SEAT President Luca de Meo and Redexis President Fernando Bergasa have signed an agreement whereby both companies will develop the creation of natural gas refuelling facilities and drive sustainable mobility with this alternative fuel. The ceremony was also attended by Redexis general manager Cristina Ávila.

Through this agreement, SEAT is going to share information on the demand for this type of vehicles in order to boost the installation of refuelling points that are accessible to the public in areas considered of major importance. Moreover, Redexis expects to have more than 100 natural gas filling stations nationwide in the next two years. Natural gas currently contributes to improving air quality in cities, as it is an alternative that features reduced emissions and plays an active role in reaching sustainability goals.

SEAT President Luca de Meo underscored that “Sales of natural gas-powered SEAT vehicles have tripled in Spain in the past three years, which demonstrates the potential of this technology. At this point, promoting the creation of refuelling infrastructure remains a pending challenge in our country and this kind of agreement is the path we must follow in order to democratise the use of natural gas for mobility.”

Redexis President Fernando Bergasa pointed out that “Redexis, as a company which makes an enormous investment effort in energy infrastructure, is firmly committed to natural gas-powered mobility and this agreement adds to SEAT’s commitment to manufacturing natural gas vehicles. Our goal is to continue building and developing the necessary infrastructure in the country to promote alternative fuels that are more sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly.”

According to registration data in Spain provided by Gasnam, and taking into account the current rate of growth, the potential for natural gas-powered vehicles in Spain could exceed one million cars by 2030. In the framework of this agreement, Redexis will develop the necessary CNG refuelling facilities to meet this demand for road mobility and will incorporate SEAT vehicles that run on natural gas into its fleet, as well as into the fleets of its own partner companies.

SEAT and Redexis aim to replicate and increase the growth model of natural gas which has occurred in Madrid and Barcelona in the rest of Spain by offering the necessary network so that any user can drive all over the country by using natural gas as an inexpensive and ecological fuel.

Source: SEAT

Redexis Launches Its First Vehicle Natural Gas Refuelling Station in Zaragoza

Redexis, a comprehensive energy infrastructure company dedicated to the development and operation of natural gas transportation and distribution networks, launched a new compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling station in Zaragoza, located at the Auto-Taxi Cooperative Service Station of Aragon’s capital. The opening ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Zaragoza, Jorge Azcón; the North Regional Director of Redexis, Fernando Salvador; and the President of the Zaragoza Auto-Taxi Cooperative, Jesús Gayán.

Redexis made an investment of half a million euros to carry out the construction of this public access refuelling station, which is already in service. The new facility has an 800 Nm3/h compressor and two CNG dispensers with four simultaneous refuelling positions, capable of supplying CNG to all types of vehicles, with refuelling times between 3 minutes for passenger cars and 8 minutes for heavy vehicles. Thanks to this opening, both 1,700 taxi drivers and the general public are expected to enjoy the advantages of this fuel.

With the launch of this new natural gas station, Redexis continues to increase the CNG refuelling network in Spain and contributes to a more sustainable and economical mobility of the Spanish transport system.

Last June, Redexis signed an agreement with Cepsa for the creation of the largest network of natural gas stations in Spain, through an investment of 30 million euros in the 2019-2021 period. Redexis will undertake the construction and maintenance of 50 facilities located at Cepsa Service Stations in Spain, with LNG and CNG dispensers, whose supply and commercialisation will be carried out by Cepsa. This alliance also aims to reach 80 service stations before the end of 2023, with a total investment of 60 million euros.

In addition, in Spain, they already use the NGV through Redexis, the municipal fleet in charge of waste collection and cleaning in Palma de Mallorca -Emaya-, the Valoriza Servicios Medioambiental fleet in Ibiza, the bus fleet of the Municipal Company de Transportes de Palma -EMT- or the fleet of the cleaning collection company of El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Source: Redexis

SEAT Launches Its First CNG Car-Sharing Service in Catalonia

SEAT’s carsharing service is being rolled out in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) beginning on 14 November, and it will be the second city in Spain where SEAT’s carsharing platform Respiro operates after Madrid, which now has 15,000 users. L’Hospitalet mayor Núria Marín and SEAT Head of Urban Mobility Lucas Casasnovas confirmed the agreement at the City Council.

With the goal of reducing emissions and improving the city’s air quality, the 16 vehicles in the fleet will run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and soon may be joined the new Mii electric.

SEAT Head of Urban Mobility Lucas Casasnovas said that “this launch in L’Hospitalet, one of the frontrunner cities on mobility issues, is a further step in our commitment to improving mobility in cities. We want to make ecofriendly solutions available to the public by hours or days, depending on their travel needs both inside and outside the city.”

There certainly is a demand for mobility alternatives, mainly in large urban areas. For this reason, SEAT purchased Respiro and entered the carsharing sector for the first time in 2018. Launched nine years ago, Respiro is one of Spain’s pioneering carsharing platforms and it already has 15,000 users in Madrid. SEAT also recently announced its move into corporate carsharing to cover the needs of businesses and provide them with cars by the minute, hour and day in the city centre, at the dealership and place of work as well.

Furthermore, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat mayor and President of the Spanish network of Smart Cities Núria Marín pointed out that “the implementation of Respiro in L’Hospitalet will enable us to counter the effects of climate change and air pollution, as promoting carsharing is precisely one of the measures included in L’Hospitalet’s sustainable urban mobility plan. We continue to work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UNO by the target date of 2030.”

Source: SEAT

Researchers Develop New Catalyst That Turns Carbon Dioxide from Cars into Natural Gas

Researchers have developed a new catalyst that can help turn carbon dioxide from car exhaust pipes and other sources into fuels like natural gas or propane. Several recent studies have shown some success in this conversion, but the latest approach from engineers at Stanford University in the US yields four times more ethane, propane and butane than existing methods that use similar processes.

While not a climate cure-all, the advance could significantly reduce the near-term impact on global warming, according to the study published in the journal Angewandte Chemie.”One can imagine a carbon-neutral cycle that produces fuel from carbon dioxide and then burns it, creating new carbon dioxide that then gets turned back into fuel,” said Matteo Cargnello, an assistant professor at Stanford, who led the research.

Although the process is still just a lab-based prototype, the researchers expect it could be expanded enough to produce usable amounts of fuel. Next steps include trying to reduce harmful by-products from these reactions, such as the toxic pollutant carbon monoxide, the researchers noted.

Previous efforts to convert CO2 to fuel involved a two-step process. The first step reduces CO2 to carbon monoxide, then the second combines the CO with hydrogen to make hydrocarbon fuels. The simplest of these fuels is methane, but other fuels that can be produced include ethane, propane and butane.

Ethane is a close relative of natural gas and can be used industrially to make ethylene, a precursor of plastics. Propane is commonly used to heat homes and power gas grills. Butane is a common fuel in lighters and camp stoves.

Cargnello thought completing both steps in a single reaction would be much more efficient and set about creating a new catalyst that could simultaneously strip an oxygen molecule off CO2 and combine it with hydrogen.

Catalysts induce chemical reactions without being used up in the reaction themselves. The team succeeded by combining ruthenium and iron oxide nanoparticles into a catalyst. “This structure activates hydrocarbon formation from CO2. It improves the process start to finish,” Aitbekova said.

Source: Firstpost